Bob McGrath, a beloved actor and musician, best known for being one of the original stars of Sesame Street, passed away on Sunday at age 90.
McGrath’s family shared a statement on Facebook, confirming the news and stating, “He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family ❤️.” The show’s social media accounts also shared their condolences and posted a photo of McGrath.
Sesame Workshop paid tribute to McGrath in a post, saying, “Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Bob McGrath, a beloved member of the Sesame Street family for over 50 years.”
McGrath was a part of the show from its premiere in 1969, playing the role of Bob Johnson, the music teacher of the show’s Muppet cast. He was also an accomplished musician and singer, having released several albums throughout his career.
“A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world,” the post continued. “Whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts. A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over.”
“We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us,” Sesame Workshop said, concluding their tribute to the beloved actor.
For five decades and 47 seasons, Bob Johnson was the friendly neighbor everyone on Sesame Street loved. Actor Ed McGrath first appeared as Bob Johnson during the pilot episode of the beloved children’s TV series back in 1969, and since then, he has become an integral part of the show.
McGrath’s portrayal of Bob Johnson as a beloved neighbor has been a major factor in making Sesame Street the classic hit it is today. After five decades, McGrath is still remembered fondly by viewers of all ages, who grew up with him as part of their childhoods.